By Janice Parsons

Living in San Francisco is special in many ways, including the views and memories I have of the Golden Gate Bridge. The rolling fog, the grey, choppy water and that special burnt orange of the bridge have all been indelibly fixed in my mind. I hope I have captured the mood and spirit of this most iconic of cities in this 5 wrap design. Following fairly closely the design laid out in Color Study: Picasso Turquoise, this charcoal bracelet finds its own voice, as so often happens with beading. Each section has a map below to help guide you and a link to the corresponding PDF from the original Color Study: Picasso Turquoise Green. The techniques of macramé and laddering are covered in our video, Stackable Ladder Bracelet by Brittany Ketcham and we recommend you watch it if you are new to laddering.

Courtesan- Silver
Metallic Gray- 1.0mm Indian
Hematite - Tuff Cord
Sable - Regular C-Lon
8-4511- Picasso Smokey Black Matte 8/0
8-2002- Matte Metallic Silver Gray 8/0
8-2005- Matte Metallic Dark Raspberry 8/0
8/0 Metal Seed Beads - Antique Zinc Plate
6-650- Dyed Rustic Grey 6/0
TL2002- Matte Metallic Silver Grey
TL1865- Galvanized Grey Luster
Chexx- Antique Chrome
Pony Express - Antique Silver
Wheat- Silver Black
GS Hypo Cement
Beadalon Collapsible Eye Needles
Ultra Thread Zap
Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutters
Old Fashion Bees Wax
Deep Dish Project Tray
Project Tray Inserts
Project Map
Color Study in Charcoal follows a similar path as Color Study: Picasso Turquoise Green. Always begin with the end bracelet measurement in mind, but as you work, you can shorten or extend any section you want. In Color Study: Charcoal, I decided to add more of Part One later on in the design. When I created the original Color Study in Picasso Turquoise Green, I regretted that I hadn’t repeated it again. So, in Charcoal, I shortened the Wheat Chain section (the last part), so I could add a smaller portion of Part One again in my design.
A wide range of grey beads were used to try and mimic the rolling bank of fog that comes in from the ocean almost every night to blanket the city. Most of San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, becomes lost in a sea of thick grey fog. I snuck in the matte metallic dark raspberry size 8/0 to mimic the towers of the bridge peeking through the fog.


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